Previously ABN holders had the ability to register only one main business activity. This meant ABNs couldn’t capture the full range of operations undertaken.

For example: Julie is the owner of a café which comprises of a bookstore and accommodation in the upstairs apartment. Julie also offers catering services for private functions. Julie has her main business activity listed as Cafe operation (45110). However, this new feature means Julie’s ABN provides a wholistic picture of her business by including:

  • Bed and breakfast operation (44000)
  • Book retailing (42442)
  • Catering services (45130).

Events such as COVID-19 and natural disasters have highlighted the importance of accurate business information to allow government agencies and emergency services to provide tailored support and services to businesses when needed.

Learn more about updating your ABN details.